Amid climate change concerns, Pope Francis says he is updating his ‘green’ encyclical

by | Aug 21, 2023 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis announced in a speech on Monday (Aug. 21) that he is working on the second part to his 2015 “green” encyclical on the environment, Laudato Sì, as heat waves and natural disasters around the world increase concerns over the climate crisis.“We must not forget that young generations have a right to receive a beautiful and inhabitable world from us, and this invests us with grave responsibilities toward creation, which we received from God’s generous hands,” Pope Francis said in a speech at the Vatican.
The pope added that he is working on “a second part of the Laudato Sì to update on current issues.”
Two years after becoming pope, Francis published his encyclical Laudato Sì, titled after the Canticle of Creation by his namesake Saint Francis of Assisi and meaning “Praise Be to You” in English, signaling environmental concerns as a high priority in Francis’ agenda.
Earlier this month, at a meeting with Catholic young people gathered at the World Youth Day celebrations in Lisbon, Portugal, Pope Francis warned of the “dramatic urgency” of risin …

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